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Studentships of £4,000 for Overseas and £2,000 for UK/EU students are available and are awarded on academic merit. No separate application is required – the institute will use information on your UCL application to shortlist.
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International Relations of the Americas MSc
This MSc provides a detailed and systematic understanding of the international relations of the Americas, with regard both to inter-American relations and relations with the world beyond. It offers contemporary and historical perspectives and situates this empirical knowledge within general theories of international relations and foreign policy analysis.
What will I learn?
This programme, which is unique in the UK, introduces students to skills essential for the analytic study of the international relations of the Americas and assessment of the hemispherical and global issues currently facing foreign policy-makers in the nation-states of the Americas.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of the Americas occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK, promoting, co-ordinating and providing a focus for research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas - Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.
The institute actively maintains and builds ties with cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in the Americas, and provides resources to the wider academic community, serving and strengthening national networks of North Americanist, Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist scholars.
Students benefit from tuition by world-leading scholars in an academic environment at the cutting edge of research in the humanities and social sciences.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of 1 core module (15 credits), 5 optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, independent reading and research. Assessment is through written assignments including essays and primary source analysis, and a dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A basic reading competence in Spanish, French or Portuguese is useful but not essential.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 30 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
This programme is suitable for UK and EU applicants from a history, politics, international relations or American studies background. It is also likely to appeal overseas applicants from North and Latin America.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study International Relations of the Americas at graduate level
- why you want to study International Relations of the Americas at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Graduates of this programme will be well placed to use their skills and knowledge to find employment in government, business, journalism, finance and international NGOs, teaching, or for further research in this field.
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